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Old 12-03-2003, 04:53 PM   #91
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I sent my email last night to voice my opinion on this issue and I just got the canned response that it's being "forwarded".
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Old 12-03-2003, 05:49 PM   #92
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Hey, at least you get a automated response!! I dont even get those!! I know this issue is a big one, there are those who want this stream changed and those who like it as it is. I would like to pose a question to those who listen to 70s music. Where would you go to hear the 70s hits of such notable artists as John Denver, Bread, Carpenters, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, Olivia Newton-John, Abba, Barry Manilow, Captain & Tennile, Tony Orlando, Cher, Helen Reddy and others such as these if it wasnt to a stream that calls itself Totally 70s and is located in the POP section of Sirius lineup? Wouldnt this be where you would expect to find these artists?If you say Movin Easy stream 4, yes you can find some of them there, but Movin Easy covers 4 decades- the 1950s thru the 80s, so 70s is just part of it. Some of the biggest artists of the 70s decade cannot even be heard on the stream that represents the "total" 70s!! Thein lies the problem, not that anything that is being played now is not acceptable, it is. I did some research and found there were 253 #1 hits of that decade, Totally 70s does not play 103 of them, thats over 40% of just the #1 songs excluded.

I for one like classic hits formats, that can leave out the "too pop" or even "too hard" hits, but that isnt what this stream is suppose to be , or where it is positioned in Sirius' categories. Put a classic hits format in the rock category, thats where Totally 70s as now programmed basically belongs. then put the real total 70s stream on 7. Just more food for thought in the ongoing discussion.
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Old 12-03-2003, 07:10 PM   #93
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This thread has gone into its seventh page.

It is one of the most active threads on this forum.

Yet, not ONE of us has received a reply from management.

I even asked the Sirius Backstage forum Admin to kindly
give this thread more exposure as it's a very important issue
for all of us. Didn't even receive a response from the Admin.

Meanwhile, in another area of this forum, people are accusing
me of coming here with certain motives in mind.

Looks to me that there has been a lot of problems with some
of the programming here long before I got here. I'm only here
to help change the things you guys want changed.

This morning I heard a few non-rock hits on the Totally '70s
channel. I thought perhaps we were finally being heard. No dice!
This evening it's back to classic rock with a promise of a
butchered version of We Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who.
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Old 12-03-2003, 07:40 PM   #94
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I even asked the Sirius Backstage forum Admin to kindly
give this thread more exposure as it's a very important issue
for all of us. Didn't even receive a response from the Admin.
Jeff did respond here:
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Please don't move this message. It's important.

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Originally Posted by TulaneJeff wrote:
Appreciate your feedback, but you have to follow the rules too.

Jeff
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Meanwhile, in another area of this forum, people are accusing
me of coming here with certain motives in mind.
It's understandable people would question your motives since you weren't here very long before writing the article. Did you get paid for the article directly or indirectly? I'm not saying you have any alterior motives, but I can see where it looks that way on the surface.
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Old 12-03-2003, 07:47 PM   #95
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NJRonbo,
I apologize for not getting back with you, I've been preoccupied with finals and everything the end of the semester brings. You did only send your email yesterday.

But my position remains the same. People can find your post just as easliy as if it were in the Dogstar Cafe. It seems you are involved in online communities, so you must recognize the importance of keeping topics organized by category.

By the way, I replied earlier that the 70s is undergoing changes. This is fact. It's easy to get caught up in a downdraft of paranoia and suspicion. Just realize this is not the final product.

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Old 12-03-2003, 07:49 PM   #96
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And further, Rome was not built in a day.

Sirius is NOT going to change drastically in a week. Not on a stream they have every intention of keeping, anywho.
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Old 12-04-2003, 04:47 AM   #97
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Did you get paid for the article directly or indirectly? I'm not saying you have any alterior motives, but I can see where it looks that way on the surface.
No, I own that website.
No payment. No motives.

Jeff, thanks for getting back to me.
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Old 12-04-2003, 01:10 PM   #98
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Well I think NJRonbo has made some valid points. I don't agree with all of it, but much of it is right on the mark. I appreciate his efforts to try and get the 70's stream changed to the way it should be. I feel with enough pressure over a long enough period that it will in fact change.

Also, I have not gotten replies back on many of the messages with suggestions etc that I have sent recently to SIRIUS. This is NOT a good thing. Though these messages may actually be received and actually read, I don't think its asking to much to get a reply of some sort and not always those lame canned ones.

When someone has an issue it does not mean they are out to get SIRIUS, so lets be a little more opened minded.
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DAB,
There is a disconnect with customer relations. The autoreplies do not help. There are studies that show, even a two word reply from an individual in charge will do immeasurable positive things for brand loyalty.

A simple, 'Got it.' or 'We'll take that into consideration' is all it takes. 10 seconds tops.

To give XM credit, every email I've sent, whether it be to a programmer or jock was replied to - a hearthfelt personal response. It may have taken 2 weeks, but they always got back to the listener.

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A simple, 'Got it.' or 'We'll take that into consideration' is all it takes. 10 seconds tops.
Jeff, I agree 100%. This would go a long way towards subscribers feeling connected with those making decisions.
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By the way, I replied earlier that the 70s is undergoing changes. This is fact. It's easy to get caught up in a downdraft of paranoia and suspicion. Just realize this is not the final product.
Jeff,

Another discouraging factor in all this is your replies.

Obviously you seem to know exactly what is going on with
this situation. You have hinted many times that changes could
be forthcoming.

I understand you are being told things in private, but that
doesn't help the fact that management is not taking an interest
in responding to its listeners directly.

If there is "a downdraft of paranoia and suspicion" then the
problem was caused by management themselves. If someone
on that end doesn't take the time to write SOMETHING back
to those that help fund this station, the end result is the
problems you have mentioned above.

Some sort of assurance from management that they will
or will not restore Totally '70s to its intended format
would be nice.
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Old 12-05-2003, 11:12 PM   #102
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Hey guys, I'm by no means an expert on this, I've only had my radio for a week now, but I've been a share holder for a while... One thing I'd like to point out is the job postings on siriuses web site;

Programming
Director, Country Programming
Director, Current Rock Programming
Format Manager
Format Manager-Blues
Format Manager, Hip Hop
Format Manager, Latin
Format Manager, Oldies
Format Manager, Pop
Format Manager, Dance
Format Manager, Rock

I'd say that's a lot of programming positions open - maybe they're in the process of taking care of some of these problems...?

Just some food for thought.

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From what I understand, they are.
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Old 12-06-2003, 07:30 AM   #104
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I have read all of the above posting again for the second time and I have posted a few there myself. This is what I dont understand -- and I am not trying to be a wise guy, just want to figure this out. I have heard the songs everyone wants to hear on either MovinEZ or the Strobe, etc. so Sirius does have 70s pop in their music collection. My question is: how hard is it to start incorporating those songs into the 70s stream? Its not like they have to go out and locate the music, they already have it. It doesnt take a brain surgeon to look at a song, see it was a hit in the 70s and play it. And yes, I do agree with the suggestion for a request line. Not 24/7 but how about in the evenings and on the weekends? I believe the 70s stream should reflect the decade of the 70s. I remember calling radio stations in the evening and requesting songs to listen to while I was doing homework. Come on guys, it isnt that hard -- play what we want to hear! Sorry for the long post, just wanted to get that off my chest.
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Joybandit,

It's true they have all the music available, it is just someones programming philosophy that was implemented. Since I listen to MovingEZ, The Strobe and Starlight as well as 70's, I don't miss much of the 70's music (although there is still some missing). Lately I've been leaving it on Totally 70's because I was interested in this topic. I've enjoyed listening to it because it's programmed like a light rock stream from the 70's which is a format I like. Once they switch over to the format most are calling for, I suspect I will be somewhat disappointed because I will have to hear the same songs on MovingEZ and Totally 70's, TheStrobe, and Starlight which will increase the repeat count for me as I switch between them. I would prefer for them to incorporate the songs that don't get air time on Moving EZ or The Strobe into Totally 70's so the complete collection is available by switching around.

It sounds like the rumor mill says that changes are on the way. So I will wait patiently to see what they do. I listened most of yesterday (as I have the previous few days), and they definitely have added some new songs to the mix and it didn't sound as classic rock as it has in the past, so perhaps the changes are being phased in already.
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